The Onion's got it. Like much of the best humor, this is hyperbolic, but nonetheless cuts close to something very true.
In the early '90s, Rhode Island was hard hit by the state banking crisis and subsequent cuts to social programs under Bruce Sundlun. Now, because of a big deficit and growing state spending, Rhode Island is again facing painful cuts. Meanwhile, although Governor Carcieri has won plaudits for placing greater emphasis on adult education, the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council this morning offered more bad economic news for the state.
Although it didn't make it into my Steve Laffey story, I talked with former US Representative Bob Weygand this week after hearing some whispers that he is looking at a gubernatorial run in 2010. RI's Future recounts a response that was pretty similar to what Weygand told me, although he did go a bit further, perhaps because of the chance to respond via e-mail: